Looking for something to do in Amsterdam this January? Let Clink Hostels help you beat the winter blues with our list of the best things to do in Amsterdam in January 2018!

Royal Palace Amsterdam

Royal Palace Amsterdam

Image courtesy of Willy Tan via Flickr

Where: Dam, 1012 HG Amsterdam, Netherlands

When: 2nd – 7th January 2018

The Royal Palace Amsterdam is King Willem-Alexander’s official reception palace, and still plays a major role during state visits and royal occasions such as New Year’s receptions, gala dinners and award ceremonies.

The palace was originally built as Amsterdam’s town hall in the 17th century by architect Jan van Campenand and transformed into a palace in 1808 by King Louis Bonaparte. It houses sculptures and paintings by famous artists – such as Rembrandt’s students Govert Flinck and Ferdinand Bolcontinues – and continues to be one of the Netherlands’ most important monuments.

The palace tries to stay open as much as possible but is sometimes closed to the public, so check opening dates before visiting.

National Tulip Day

National Tulip Day, Amsterdam

Image courtesy of Lise-Marie Photography via Flickr

Where: Dam, Dam,1012 JS AMSTERDAM

When: 20th January 2018

Every year, 1.7 billion Dutch tulips bring a welcome touch of spring to homes around the world.

On the 20th January, a huge temporary garden is created on Dam Square for National Tulip Day, which is soon bustling with around 200,000 tulips.

Join the 10,000 people who annually come along to pick up their own free tulip – the theme for 2018 is ‘Romantic’.

IMPRO Amsterdam 2018

IMPRO Amsterdam 2018

Image courtesy of Robin S via Flickr

Where: Compagnietheater, Kloveniersburgwal 50, 1012 CX Amsterdam

When: 20th – 27th January 2018

Now in its 34th year, IMPRO is Amsterdam’s biggest improv festival – featuring the best improv players from around the world as well as welcoming visitors from Belgium to the USA. The fun includes shows, workshops, podcasts and open stages for those new to improv and improv experts.

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Jumping Amsterdam

Jumping Amsterdam, RAI Amsterdam

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Where: RAI Amsterdam, Europaboulevard 22, 1078 RV AMSTERDAM

When: 25th – 27th January 2018

Jumping Amsterdam is an annual highlight on the Dutch equestrian calendar, attracting the world’s best riders and Olympic champions.

There are show jumping and dressage competitions as well as shows, evening entertainment, an exhibition area and various bars and restaurants.

The event also has entertainment for children, including a programme featuring funny, exciting and interactive shows.


Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

Image courtesy of Andrew Rayner via Flickr

Where: Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands

When: Monday – Friday: 10:00 to 20:00, Saturday: 9:00 to 22:00, Sunday: 9:00 to 19:00, year-round

Explore the house of Anne Frank, who went into hiding during World War 2 to escape from the Nazis.

The museum is home to the secret annex where Anne and her family hid for two years before they were discovered and deported to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only one of the eight people to survive.

The museum is also home to Kitty, the diary Anne wrote whilst in hiding.

A-Bike Rental

A-Bike Rentals in Amsterdam

Image courtesy of Charissa Fay via Flickr

Where: A-Bike Rental, Tesselschadestraat 1E,1054 ET AMSTERDAM

When: Monday – Wednesday: 09:00 until 18:00, Thursday – Friday: 09:00 until 21:00, Saturday – Sunday: 09:00 until 18:00, year-round

A year-round activity in Amsterdam is bike riding, which is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike. If you’re staying at ClinkNOORD, head to reception where you can rent a traditional Dutch bike for just 13.50 EUR a day and collect it from our partners TIP Amsterdam, just around the corner.

There is an abundance of bike rental shops in Amsterdam, but the safest way to rent a bike is to choose a company recognised by IAmsterdam – like TIP Amsterdam or A-Bike.

Companies like these want to make their customers feel welcome, and some offer free wi-fi, customised bikes, coffee and expert knowledge. For an unforgettable adventure, why not rent a custom bike?


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Image courtesy of Michel K via Flickr

Where: Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1,1071 XX Amsterdam

When: 9:00-17:00, year-round

The Rijksmuseum is a national museum in Amsterdam dedicated to arts and history. It was founded in The Hague in 1800 and moved to Amsterdam in 1808, and today hosts a display 8,000 objects of art and history dating from 1200–2000.

Famous attractions include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer.

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